The second pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull may have attracted a partner. The two have been running after Feral Pigeons on the north shore of the Serpentine for several days.
I haven't seen either of them catch a pigeon or even score a near miss yet, though I did see one eating a pigeon a few weeks ago. This is a fairly difficult hunt for a gull, and they are only beginners. Pigeons are wary and quick off the mark when disturbed, so it is not just a matter of wading into the flock and grabbing one.
The young Grey Wagtail was working its way westward along the edge of the Serpentine, hard to see among the fallen leaves. It flew away before I could get upwind of it to take a picture as it approached, so this is a distant shot.
A Pied Wagtail on the Lido jetty was much less shy. It found a small yellowish worm or grub in the interstices of the rubber matting. This is an adult female, with a grey back and black bib. In both species of wagtail, juveniles lack the bib.
In the thicket near the Henry Moore statue a Long-Tailed Tit swung recklessly round a twig to reach some small edible creature.
There are a lot of Blackbirds in the park. This female was rooting around in the leaves near the bridge.
Most of them are winter migrants, but the number of residents also seems to be increasing from the low of 2011 when there were only 18 breeding territories in the whole of Kensington Gardens. The destruction of their habitat by leaf blowing in the shrubberies has eased off a bit since then, after repeated appeals to the park management, though whether by accident or design I don't know.
A Dunnock came out from under one of the ornamental holly bushes in front of the Orangery and allowed itself to be photographed.
The male Tawny Owl also obliged by coming out on top of his nest tree at 2.30, while there was still enough light for a reasonable picture.
Sad news: one of the eight young Egyptian Geese on the Round Pond has been killed by a dog. I could not bear to take a picture of its poor little body.